What happened this day in history February 28

What are the important events that happened on February 28? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

February 28: Facts & Myths About This Day

February 28 is the 59th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 307 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is February 15, 2020 – a Friday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 439,680 hours has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘pentacontaenneagon’ day.

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Pisces is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Amethyst is the modern birthstone for this month. Bloodstone is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 350 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 2,625 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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February 28 Historical Events

  • 1710
    In the Battle of Helsingborg, 14,000 Danish invaders under Jørgen Rantzau are decisively defeated by an equally sized Swedish force under Magnus Stenbock.
  • 1784
    John Wesley charters the Methodist Church.
  • 1844
    A gun on USS Princeton explodes while the boat is on a Potomac River cruise, killing eight people, including two United States Cabinet members.
  • 1870
    The Bulgarian Exarchate is established by decree of Sultan Abd-ul-Aziz of the Ottoman Empire.
  • 1885
    The American Telephone and Telegraph Company is incorporated in New York State as the subsidiary of American Bell Telephone. (American Bell would later merge with its subsidiary.)
  • 1922
    The United Kingdom ends its protectorate over Egypt through a Unilateral Declaration of Independence.
  • 1980
    Andalusia approves its statute of autonomy through a referendum.
  • 1985
    The Provisional Irish Republican Army carries out a mortar attack on the Royal Ulster Constabulary police station at Newry, killing nine officers in the highest loss of life for the RUC on a single day.
  • 1986
    Olof Palme, Prime Minister of Sweden, is assassinated in Stockholm.
  • 1991
    The first Gulf War ends.

Who were born on February 28?

  • 1823
    Ernest Renan, French philosopher (d. 1892)
  • 1893
    Ivan Vasilyov, Bulgarian architect (d. 1979)
  • 1907
    Milton Caniff, American cartoonist (Terry and the Pirates, Steve Canyon) (d. 1988)
  • 1933
    Rein Taagepera, Estonian politician
  • 1943
    Charles Bernstein, American composer
  • 1944
    Win Aung, Burmese politician
  • 1958
    Natalya Estemirova, Russian activist (d. 2009)
  • 1973
    Eric Lindros, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1978
    Benjamin Raich, Austrian skier
  • 2007
    Princess Lalla Khadija of Morocco

Who died on February 28?

  • 1510
    Juan de la Cosa, Spanish cartographer and explorer
  • 1746
    Hermann von der Hardt, German historian (b. 1660)
  • 1857
    André Dumont, Belgian geologist (b. 1809)
  • 1916
    Henry James, American writer (b. 1843)
  • 1936
    Charles Nicolle, French bacteriologist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1866)
  • 1963
    Rajendra Prasad, First President of India (b. 1884)
  • 1978
    Eric Frank Russell, English author (b. 1905)
  • 1986
    Laura Z. Hobson, American novelist (b. 1900)
  • 1991
    Reinhard Bendix, German sociologist (b. 1916)
  • 2006
    Owen Chamberlain, American physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1920)

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